I have just a few more things to confirm and then the kids and I will be all set to go to Washington in March. I really do hope we can make an impact on some Senators. The kids and I have not been on vacation in 4 years. My friend at work just recently booked a cruise for her and her husband. That cruise to the Bahamas is cheaper per person that this 2 night stay will be for us in Washington. We could have gone on a cruise for 7 nights to sunny Bahamas for less than this trip to DC - imagine that!!!!
We are going to Washington because we NEED to put a new face on this disease. So much is focused on the elderly, but so many people STILL do not realize that young people can be affected. When Mike was diagnosed, I vowed that I would do everything I could to raise as much awareness as possible. I've been on TV, radio, internet, newspapers - any place that will have me. I will never get tired of telling our story, because it's a story that NEEDS to be told. Alzheimer's Disease does not discriminate, nor should the research or the services that patients are entitled to.
Two days after we get back from Washington, I will be a Keynote speaker at the Association's Education Conference. When I was first told I had 30 minutes to speak, I was nervous about how to fill up that time. Then all I needed to do was to sit and think about a portion of the events we have survived, and I am confident that I will be able to fill up that time (and more), and do so in an interesting and informative way.